Youth Service promotes and supports the Club’s Youth education and leadership programs. The centerpiece of our effort is the Interact Club at La Jolla High School, a community service club open to all students. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, coordinated with the district’s annual conference, sends promising students to a weekend camp at Idyllwild. Other activities include support for the Rotary Youth International Exchange, enlistment of youth into many of our Club Service actives, and an active, committed relationship with our La Jolla-Area Schools.
Scholarships – Wade Aschbrenner
For many years, the La Jolla Rotary Club Scholarship Program has been the hallmark program of our Club. It is designed to provide financial assistance to the graduating seniors from our four La Jolla High Schools, (La Jolla High, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla Country Day School, and the Preuss School UCSD). Scholarships are divided into two categories: The Rotary Scholarship, which considers financial need and academic achievement and allows the student to pursue any major at any U.S College or University, and the Riford Scholarship, which considers academic achievement and allows students to attend any California institution and major in Math or Science. Both Programs allow students to reapply for ongoing financing support for four years. Annually, we provide approximately $150,000 in awards.
Scholars Lab of Tijuana – Tina Deroche Fryer and David Shaw etal
The Rotary Club of La Jolla and the Rotary Club of Tijuana, Mexico, jointly support students in poor districts of Tijuana who have demonstrated superior academic and leadership performance and who wish to continue their schooling through 12th grade. While continuing their regular public schooling, the students meet weekly in a Scholars Lab in Tijuana. Emphasis is given to instruction on computer usage, English language proficiency, mentoring by fellow Rotarians, and the importance of networking. The Program’s success contuse with students graduating from high school and continuing on to college.
RYLA /LEADS – Craig Schlepp and Eileen Jolly
MODEL UN – Cindy Greatrex
Interact – Charles Hartford